Insects and Other Arthropods Posts

Some Serendipitous Sightings by , Ranger

September 1st, 2014

While searching for harvester caterpillars on alder in the Wetlands I came across an assassin bug on one of the leaves. The bug was just about 3/4 inches (the body) and mostly green with brown on the back. Assassin bugs typically station themselves at a location which is busy with insects to wait and pounce […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Harvester Laying Eggs on the Alder by , Ranger

August 28th, 2014

After complaining (mildly) about not being able to locate adult harvester butterflies in the vicinity of an alder on the north side of the Wetlands, which has plenty of woolly aphids and caterpillars munching on them, I spotted one. I was getting ready to make the rounds at the end of the day when I […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Harvesters Have Arrived! by , Ranger

August 27th, 2014

The caterpillar in the above photo was about 5 – 6 mm in length when the photo was taken. Those are aphids, in various stages of developement, on either side of the caterpillar. Ever since spotting the woolly aphids on an alder on the north side of the Wetlands I’ve been watching for harvester caterpillars […] Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Mean Time by , Ranger

August 25th, 2014

While we wait for fall to arrive (we’ve already passed a turning point in the seasons) I thought I’d show you some images of what’s happening now. The partridge pea above has been groomed and readied for cloudless sulphur butterflies to come along and lay their eggs on the plant. So far I’ve seen not […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the Difference? by , Ranger

August 22nd, 2014

I received an email, with a blurry photo attached, stating that the emailer had taken the photo in Explore the Wild. The subjects in the photo looked to be caterpillars, but may have been sawflies, I couldn’t tell. I had to go look for myself. The email said that the caterpillars, or whatever they were, were on […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Summertime Sightings by , Ranger

August 13th, 2014

With the summer just about gone (for me, fall starts around mid August), I thought I’d give you a pictorial update on some of what’s being seen on our 84 acre campus here at the Museum. Last month I mentioned that there were again woolly aphids enjoying the sap of one of our alders in […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Beetles in our Midst by , Ranger

July 28th, 2014

Beetles are insects. They belong to an order of insects called Coleoptera which, translated from the Greek, means sheath wings. Beetles have two pairs of wings, the front of which are, in most species, hardened and serve to cover the hind wings, the flight wings, when not in use. When on foot, most beetles fold their […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Cuckoo and a Sphinx by , Ranger

July 21st, 2014

  There are three cuckoos in the east, mangrove, black-billed, and yellow-billed. You’d be lucky to see a mangrove cuckoo in its restricted range in Florida, you will not see one here in Durham, NC. Some would say that the other two cuckoos might just as well be restricted to the mangroves of Florida, it’s […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Most Interesting Encounter by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

I was standing in the vending area of Catch the Wind talking to some of the Adventure On Summer Campers here at the Museum. One of the benches had tan and gray stains on the back rest of the bench and I was explaining how this residue was the result of Carpenter Bees digging holes […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Red, White, and Blue, sort of by , Ranger

July 4th, 2014

The red I heard the call of the hawk before I saw it. As I turned, the bird came in to a Loblolly Pine over the Train Station here at the Museum. It was carrying something of weight and bulk in its talons though I couldn’t make out what it was. The bird began to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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